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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Colandra Martinez

Having my own business has always been a dream of mine. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do for the longest. It was 4yrs after having my daughter that it clicked to me that I wanted to do customized printing. The reason I picked customized printing is because I was always spending so much time trying to find the right person to make my daughter customized shirts for birthdays, holidays or just because. Read more>>

Kevin Hardy and Michael Heard

Kevin and I first met when we were teenagers working retail together in Southern California. It wasn’t until ten years later when we reconnected by coincidence when we both worked at the same Toni&Guy location in Portland. When that location closed, we decided to relocate to Dallas, where we received the opportunity to own our own location in 2018. Read more>>

Brian Offord

Today we have shared our sausage with customers all over the country, from California to Pennsylvania. Beyond the regular smoked spicy sausage, we now include Jalapeno Cheddar and Jalapeno. Today, Southern Savor is known for the best homemade sausage but also creates smoked Tasso, gumbo, red beans, and other creole dishes. Read more>>

Rob Davis

I started CRITICALSTART in 2012 as a response to nation-state attacks that occurred with (cybersecurity organizations) RSA, Bit9, and others in 2011. Companies seeking solutions to these cyber attacks were focused on products only when they really needed to be focused on the people, process, and configuration. Read more>>

Vickie Winston

I have always been interested in fashion because of my mother. No matter where I went, I always received compliments on my shoes. Therefore, I thought maybe opening a shoe boutique should be my next step. So, with my husband’s blessing and a leap of FAITH, I left my full-time corporate job and started my shoe company. Read more>>

Dr. Amber Galipp-Leger

When you serve babies, you learn to serve their sweet mommas too. This set a whole new plan in motion for my practice. I began taking all the classes I could to learn about all things pregnancy and pediatrics. So here I am, many years later, serving my community with my heart and enjoying every day I get to go to the office and help change lives. Read more>>

Monica Baumgardner

I no longer question why things are happening to me – I know they are happening FOR me. It is this that I hope to pass along to all my clients. You’re going to fall more times than not but standing back up to face the next challenge is the MOST important aspect. Read more>>

Kyria Smith

My great grandmother was a seamstress and had a sewing machine in literally EVERY ROOM of her house. I would visit her when I was younger and one day I asked how to do what she was doing and the rest is history in the making. Read more>>

Aneshea Green

My idea for this business started like most other business ideas. There was a service that I needed that, to my knowledge, wasn’t available yet! I come from a close-knit family and we all like to meet up and hang out. But the issue would always come about, “who is going to keep the kids?” This dilemma would leave us to our own devices of finding suitable sitters for our children. Read more>>

Joseph Groh

I decided to start up the Joseph Groh foundation in 2009. Our mission is threefold; 1st, to serve as an information clearinghouse through the links section of our website for those living with life-altering injuries and illnesses, 2nd to provide pathways for companies in the contracting industry to provide affordable short and long-term disability for all their employees. Read more>>

Alicia Williams

We went through the normal ups and downs during wedding planning, finding our venue and other service providers. However, as we worked our way through the cake tastings, none of the bakers we vetted offered cake stands for rent. I was surprised because we wanted to serve cupcakes and planned to have a five-tier cupcake stand. Read more>>

Maggie Hernandez

Having a degree in psychology and leaving my comfort zone to pursue a completely different path was beyond terrifying. But what’s more terrifying than working somewhere that doesn’t bring you true happiness? My WHY was greater than my fears. I left my job and went on to do lashes full time alongside my sister. I practiced, practiced, and practiced. I saved enough money to continue my education in lash training. Read more>>

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